Dolphins sign RB C.J. Anderson to four-year, $18 million offer sheet

The hits keep coming for the Denver Broncos, who could be on the verge of losing their top running backs to restricted free agency. C.J. Anderson, tendered at the lowest level possible, was being pursued by multiple teams and he has signed an offer sheet from the Dolphins, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.

The deal is worth a total of $18 million over four years and could very well see Anderson bolt Denver for the sunny shores of South Florida. The Broncos have five days to match the offer but it's pretty unlikely they'll be able to. (Some reports indicate they already don't plan to.)

They're cap-strapped at this point, with only $17 million available as of Thursday morning and no quarterback (remember: Brock Osweiler took the $72 million payday the Houston Texans offered him on Wednesday) and a mammoth deal for Von Miller upcoming (if you think Olivier Vernon's deal from the Giants was big at $85 million over five years, wait until you see what Von gets).

Miami also, quite purposely, front-loaded the deal. According to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver, the Dolphins included a $5.25 million signing bonus along with a $6 million guarantee in 2016 and $3.5 million in guaranteed 2017 money.

C.J. Anderson is the latest Broncos player being chased in free agency. (USATSI)

The Broncos already lost Malik Jackson to the Jaguars ($90 million), Danny Trevathan to the Bears ($25 million) and Osweiler to the Texans.

Part of winning a Super Bowl is losing in free agency, when the world wants your high-quality players. The Broncos are feeling it right now.

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